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Carolyn Klass featured in The New Yorker

Via Lori Bushway’s Community Horticulture blog.

The New Yorker magazine devoted an article to the retirement of Carolyn Klass, who for 38 years was Cornell’s insect pest diagnostician in the Department of Entomology.

The insect-identification service started in 1971, and Klass has been the program’s sole diagnostician from the start. People sent her bugs — or what they thought were bugs — to analyze. But often these items were not insects at all but fabric, cereal, skin particles or scabs.

Chris Cerveny to speak on ‘Spring in the Netherlands: A Festival of Flowers’

From Pat Curran, CCE Tompkins County:

Travel to the Netherlands with Chris Cerveny of Cornell’s Horticulture Department, at a Garden Travel Slide Show offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 pm.

Holland is gorgeous in April! This presentation will take you on a pictorial journey to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, and provide an overview of field production of flower bulbs. Chris traveled to the festival of flowers in the Netherlands in April 2008.

This presentation will take place Saturday afternoon February 27, 2-3:30 pm, at the Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca. Refreshments and time to socialize will follow the talk. Suggested donation of $3 helps support the Horticulture Program. Please call 272-2292 for more information.

Annual flower trial internships – Deadline extended to April 15

Get experience growing, maintaining and evaluating plants.  35 hour/week paid internship, June 1 to Aug 20.  Application deadline March 1 April 15. For more information, see poster or contact Melissa Kitchen at 607-280-4898 or

Rose sale

From Mason Newark, president of Hortus Forum, Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club:

It’s that time of year again!

That’s right, Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means that the annual Hortus Forum Rose Sale is nearly upon us! The sale will be held on February 12th, 2010 at Duffield Hall and Mann Library Lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will also have a second sale on Sunday, February 14th, 2010 in some location to be determined in Collegetown. Our prices are $4 for a singlet, $20 for a half dozen, and $30 for a dozen.

We will be accepting preorders starting today until 10am on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010. If you would like to place a preorder, please email me at with the following information:

  • Contact Name
  • Color: Red or Bouquet (reds, yellows, whites, peach, etc.)
  • Amount: singlet, half dozen, dozen
  • Pick-up location: (Mann or Duffield)
  • Pick-up date: 2/12 or 2/14
  • Pick-up time:
  • Total:

Payment can be made with either cash or check.

Experiment station fosters ‘culture of sustainability’

From a Feb 2. Cornell Chronicle article:

“The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES) has adopted a culture of sustainability that welcomes ideas from everyone in the organization.

“‘We are empowering people by giving them an opportunity to be a part of this [sustainability] cause,” said Mike Hoffmann, director of CUAES. “You have to offer all of the citizens an opportunity to do the right thing.'”

The right things — which will help the university meet its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050 — include:

  • Using a biodiesel blend in tractors.
  • Retrofitting greenhouses with energy-saving lights.
  • Planting 5,000 trees on a hillside instead of mowing it at the Homer C. Thompson Research Farm, in Freeville.
  • Stabilizing a creek bank.
  • Closing an underused building for the winter.

CUAES is also spearheading a pilot project to cut energy use and the carbon footprint for selected CALS buildings.

Read the whole article.

Hortus Forum flies south for winter break

From Melissa Kitchen, horticulture research support specialist who accompanied Hortus Forum members on their trip.

Members of Hortus Forum Cornell’s undergraduate horticulture club, spent a week of their winter break touring Florida to get a behind-the-scenes look at the floriculture and horticulture industries most will soon join.

The tour began with a visit to Miami International Airport to explore cut flower importation. Other destinations focused on pot production of orchids, bromeliads and foliage plants. In Homestead, club members visited the Fruit & Spice Park, home of more than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts, and other commercially important plants from around the world, caught a camellia show at Harry Leu Gardens in Orlando, and attended the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition tradeshow.

Next up were tours of citrus groves and processing and packaging plants, and fruit tasting. And no trip to Florida would be complete without stopping at Disney! Students enjoyed flamboyant topiaries at the Walt Disney World Nursery, while learning about large-scale event coordination. Epcot’s Behind the Seeds tour showcased hydroponic and vertical growing systems.

A kayak tour of the mangroves gave the students an opportunity to get wet and soak up some sun. And last but not least, they visited the University of Florida’s Indian River Research Center.

Hortus Forum would like to thank everyone who patronizes their plant sales for helping make this trip possible!

Behind the scenes at Epcot.

Behind the scenes at Epcot.

Hortus Forum advisor Dr. Bill Miller discusses container growing with Hortus Forum members at Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, Sun City, Fla.

Hortus Forum advisor Dr. Bill Miller discusses container growing with Hortus Forum members at Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, Sun City, Fla.

At the Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead, Fla.

At the Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead, Fla.

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